October 28th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin calls for Stevens to resign

Palin says Stevens should step aside.
Palin says Stevens should step aside.

(CNN) – Sarah Palin said Tuesday Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens should resign his Senate seat, in a statement released hours after John McCain made a similar declaration.

The comments come a day after Palin would not say what she thought the best course of action for the recently convicted senator should be.

"After being found guilty on seven felony counts, I had hoped Senator Stevens would take the opportunity to do the statesman-like thing and erase the cloud that is covering his Senate seat," she said in the statement. "He has not done so. Alaskans are grateful for his decades of public service but the time has come for him to step aside. Even if elected on Tuesday, Senator Stevens should step aside to allow a special election to give Alaskans a real choice of who will serve them in Congress."

soundoff (356 Responses)
  1. Wow

    Lol- Palin wants a Special Election so that she can can run for ol' Ted's seat. A job with lots of free goodies? You betcha!

    October 28, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Rob Stumpf

    Yeah, sure. If Sarah told Stevens to hang in there, the lunatic left would bash her for condoning corruption. Lying hypocrites.

    Obama and his sickening supporters are going to get what's coming to them very , very soon. When things don't go well, they will do what Democrats/liberals always do– they'll turn on each other with the sort of hatred only a group of crazy people can muster. It won't be long.

    October 28, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. Srikop

    Thanks, but no thanks to Sarah Palin.

    Obama '08

    October 28, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. You're Next Sarah?

    Testing the winds, weren't you Sarah? After McCain came out and said "resign", you did. "Spin, baby, spin!

    October 28, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. Srikop

    Thanks, but not thanks to Sarah Palin,

    Obama '08

    October 28, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. Axe2Grind

    Isn't she the same person who said yesterday "It is a sad day for the Stevens family, and a sad day for Alaska?" Basically, she felt sorry for him, since he was her mentor. Alaska, home of the corrupt Republican gang.

    October 28, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. Colin

    Mark Johnson- Nice language. There is nothing racist going on and fascists are extreme right wing....sooo technically that would make the McCain/Palin supporters.

    October 28, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. kg

    just another dirty politician from the alaska political machine

    October 28, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Gail

    Go away Sarah, isn't that the pot calling the kettle black.

    Foolishness, nothing but

    October 28, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. Srikop

    Thanks, but no thanks to Sarah Palin,

    Obama '08

    October 28, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. Carolyn, Rhode Island

    My eyes are rolling...give me a break. Ok you self righteous dimwit, what's next on your script? Read carefully now...don't veer off in a direction that wasn't written for you. What's McCain going to say next, Obama runs over little children in the street and laughs.
    Obama/Biden 08 – Intelligence we need desperately!

    October 28, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. Rob Stumpf

    I'M CALLING FOR PALIN AND STEVENS TO RESIGN.xxx

    Big deal. Fortunately, no sane people actually pay attention to you.

    October 28, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  13. Joe Regis

    The big politicians in Alaska are mired in scandals. They all should resign. The people of Alaska are not going to elect a convict any how.

    The repubs are doomed next week Nov 4th.

    October 28, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  14. S. Boatman

    I Call On You To Resign Power Abuser!

    October 28, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. Tony

    Thats odd... yesterday Palin was saying it was a sad day for senator Stevens and she's confident he'll do the right thing from now on. Talk about flip -flops

    October 28, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. Colin

    EDIT: that would technically make CNN McCain/Palin supporters if they were "fascists". WOW is all I can say.

    October 28, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. Tiff of lithia springs

    She should ask herself to step down.

    October 28, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. Rich

    Wow, she saw which way the wind was blowing I guess. Yesterday, she wasn't so sure.

    October 28, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. mike

    I call for Palin to resign...

    October 28, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    HEY EDW,

    IF SARAH IS A PUPPET WHAT DO YOU CALL OBAMA?

    OH I ALL MOST FORGOT A SOCIALIST!!!!!!!!!!

    October 28, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. Florence

    What?

    Sarah Palin wants Stevenson to resign? The Palin that abused her powers while in office? That is a joke, just like her clothes that she could have just said, 'If the clothes did not come from Walmart, then I am not going to wear them'.

    Palin wants to be a VP even if she does not know what the job entails.

    October 28, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. AT

    Chris (SC),

    You have a point. Now THAT would be an October Surprise.

    October 28, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  23. Gene

    Scott.. you make a good point. Though I don't believe McCain was at fault for the accident on his ship.. I do find it odd that his military records are sealed from the public. His whole claim to experience is based off his record in the military.. yet his record in the military is concealed from everyone. Shouldn't this be an issue?

    October 28, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  24. Ann

    Oh let the old man run. He's all done anyway.

    October 28, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. Michelle

    It is quite obvious that someone else wrote her statement, since it was so VERY grammatically correct and eloquently stated. I don't believe I've ever heard or read a single comprehensive, complete sentence that were actually her own words. It drives me insane when people in high positions of responsibility do not know how to speak the English language correctly. Thank God for speech writers.

    October 28, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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